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Scripture Memory: Right Thinking.

VERSE : Philippians 4:8 “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”

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O Worship the LORD in the Beauty of Holiness

11 December 2016

8am & 11am: Worship Service

Ps Mark Chen (Safe Through Shipwreck, Acts 27:1-44)

6:00 pm Evening Service

Ps Mark Chen (A Desperate Woman, Mk 5:21-34)

18 December 2016

8am & 11am: Worship Service

Rev Quek Keng Khwang (Serving Unto the End, Acts 28:1-31)

6:00 pm Evening Service

Rev Lee Hock Chin (Come and Dine, Jn 21:1-14)

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THE CATECHISM CLASS

The word ‘catechism’ is derived from a Greek word which occurs eight times in the New Testament, and means ‘instruct, teach or inform.’ One example is found in Luke 1:3-4: “It seemed good to me also, having had perfect understanding of all things from the very first, to write unto thee in order, most excellent Theophilus, That thou mightest know the certainty of those things, wherein thou hast been instructed.” (See also Acts 18:25; 21:21,24; Romans 2:18; 1 Corinthians 14:19 and Galatians 6:6.)

Catechism involves giving systematic instruction in the basic doctrines of the Christian faith. It is often done in a question and answer form and was found to be effective in fulfilling the part of the Great Commission where Christ said, “Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you.” (Matthew 28:20) It has also enabled Christians to “be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear.” (1 Peter 3:15)

Matthew Henry outlined three basic uses of catechisms:

1.    Hereby the main principles of Christianity, which lie scattered in the Scripture, are collected and brought together; and by this means they are set in much easier view before the minds of men.

2.    Hereby the truths of God, the several articles of Christian doctrine and duty are methodized and put in order.

3.    Hereby the truths of God are brought down to the capacity of those who are as yet but weak in understanding.

Our catechism class is conducted twice a year. If you are seeking baptism, reaffirmation of faith or transfer of membership, please take note that the next catechism class will begin in four weeks’ time on Sunday 8 January 2017, and will go on for 14 weeks until the Easter combined baptismal service on 16 April 2017. An additional lesson will be conducted on 30 April to orientate the new members to the various ministries and areas of service in our church. The details on class time, venue and registration are found in the announcements on the back page of this weekly.

Baptism is one of the two sacraments ordained by the Lord Jesus to be practised by the Church. It is done to identify oneself publicly with Christ, in His death, burial and resurrection (Galatians 3:27 – “For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ,” cf. Colossians 2:12; Romans 6:3,4) and to obey the Lord’s command given in the great commission (Matthew 28:30 – “…baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost.”)

In most churches, new believers who want to be baptised are required to attend a catechism class as preparation for baptism – to be taught the basic truths of the Christian faith, and to examine themselves and be examined that they have truly received Jesus as their personal Lord and Saviour. It also provides ample opportunity for them to clear their doubts and to ask questions on any doctrine they do not understand.

Parents who wish to have their child baptised are to inform the church office at least six weeks before the baptismal service. We believe that infant baptism is part of the family covenant where the parents are committed in bringing up their child in the saving grace of the Lord. This is the principle taught in the Old Testament with circumcision (Acts 7:8) and in the New Testament as well in Acts 2:38,39, where Luke recorded for us, “For the promise is unto you and to your children and to all that are afar off even as many as the Lord shall call.” We see also in the New Testament the practice of household baptism which invariably would include children as well (Acts 16:15; 1 Corinthians 1:15).

Children who have been baptised as infants should seek to reaffirm their faith when they have experienced the saving grace of God in their lives. They will then be allowed to partake of the Lord’s Supper. The normal age for a baptised child to reaffirm his or her faith is 12 years and above, since in most cases, this is the onset of spiritual understanding. To facilitate understanding of the catechism lessons, the teens are taught concurrently by another instructor.

The 14 lessons of our catechism class are based on the Westminster Larger and Shorter Catechism. They have to do with the basic teachings of the Christian Faith such as the nature and character of God, the origin and consequences of sin, Christ’s work in salvation, the Holy Spirit’s work in salvation, the benefits of salvation in and after this life, the Ten Commandments, the means of Christian growth, and the Sacraments.

Those who wish to transfer their membership to Life Church from another church are required to attend our catechism class even if they had already been catechised before. This is because the material used for catechism differ from church to church and the same material may be handled differently by each church. We feel that all members of Life Church should be on the same page. Any requests for exemption for valid reasons should be made to the Pastor. These would include those who were members of Life Church before and who wish to have their membership transferred back.                                                        —Pastor 

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Christmas Programme

Christmas Carol Service (English & Chinese) 24 Dec 16 (Sat) at 8.00 pm

Combined English Christmas Service 25 Dec 16 (Sun) at 9.00 am 

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EDD is organizing a Street Evangelism at Orchard Road. Please come and join us.

Date           : 17th Dec 2016 (Saturday)

Prayer Time               :           6.30pm in Beulah House 

Evangelism Time     :           7.00 to 8.30 pm (commence at outside CK Tang Entrance and witnessing at Orchard Road walkway)

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ERBL LECTURES (JAN-MAY 2017)

Day  Duration                    Course                 Lecturer

Mon 9 Jan - 15 May 17      Esther                  Rev Charles Seet

Thu 12 Jan - 2 Mar 17       Galatians             Rev Colin Wong
        23 Mar - 11 May 17   Bible Geography  Rev Quek Keng Khwang

Lectures commence at 7.30 pm. Please complete registration forms and place them in the box, together with payment.

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1) Life B-P Church Calendar 2017. Please obtain a copy at the front counter.

2) “Daily Manna”. Daily devotional by Rev Isaac Ong (Jan - Mar 2017). Available at the front counter. The same devotions are available online at http://www.calvaryjurong.com/index-4.html.

3) Family Seminar 2016 recordings: Those who have ordered, please come personally to collect the recordings at the RTL Office (next to Cry Room 1) after worship service.

4) Bright Sparks. From 1 Jan 2017, the Children’s Ministry will start a Bright Sparks Worship for children born in 2014 and 2015. It will be held concurrently with the 11am worship service in FEK Room 1 (Green Doors). A short briefing and registration for interested parents will be held on 18 Dec 2016, 12.30pm in FEK Room 1.

5) Catechism Class for Easter Baptism on 16 April 2017 commences on 8 Jan 2017 at Beulah Centre Rm 2-1, 9.30am. Please pre-register by emailing church office or filling up the form available at the front counter. Those seeking baptism, reaffirmation of faith and transfer of membership must attend the catechism class. Closing date: 1 Jan 2017.

6) Congratulations to: Mr & Mrs Colin Khoo on the birth of a baby girl on 5 Dec 16.

Preaching appt: Rev Seet at Indonesian Svc, 4pm. Rev Quek at Filipina Svc, 11am.

 

 

Vision & Mission

 

To build a united church family that is committed to making disciples through Salvation, Sanctification and Service, to the glory of God.

Verse for the Week

October 15 & 22 - The Cost of Discipleship

For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it. Matthew 16:25